The Lakers and Celtics are two of the NBA’s most storied franchises, but they’ve never met in the playoffs. That all changes on April 14th when they square off in the first-round of the playoffs.
The NBA is filled with many stories that draw people in, the most notable being the San Antonio Spurs and their ability to not only win multiple championships, but also the way the team continues to stay together and remain strong through all the changes that have occurred in the league since they last won a championship. Last year the Spurs were the most successful franchise of all time, as they won an NBA record 73 games, and they were also the only team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a series, as they defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals to bring home their fifth NBA championship.
The Boston Celtics are rolling towards the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, while the Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of a major rebuild. Both teams, though, have something in common. Both teams were built through the draft, and both teams are built around young players with a lot of talent. The Celtics have Boston’s number one pick in the 2018 NBA draft, while the Lakers have the No. 2 selection in the upcoming draft. Both teams are in a position to bring a lot of talent through the draft.This season, two of the NBA’s most storied franchises have had to exit the playoffs in sloppy fashion in the first round. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were eliminated in the first round of the postseason and are now thinking about the future. The Celtics have already begun dismantling their team – at least the front office and the head coach. The two teams might even do something that hasn’t been done since 2004.
Boston Celtics already in shakeout mode
Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, 15. April 2021. (Photo: Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) The Celtics and Lakers entered the postseason in seventh place in their respective conferences. If both teams need to rebuild in the offseason, the Celtics have already started to do so. After losing five games to the Brooklyn Nets, Danny Ainge has resigned as president of basketball operations. That move set off a domino effect when head coach Brad Stevens came off the bench to replace Ainge in the office. Ange was Boston’s manager for 18 years and Stevens was the team’s coach for the last eight. The Celtics are looking for a new coach while Stevens is searching for a replacement. The Lakers also have some big decisions to make. What are they going to do about Dennis Schroder? What about Kyle Kuzma? It’s still early in the offseason, but both teams have work to do.
The Celtics and Lakers could even team up for atrade.
It hasn’t happened since 2004, but the Celtics and the Lakers could work out a deal together. The last time this happened was 17 years ago, when the Celtics acquired Rick Fox, Gary Payton and a first-round pick in 2006 in exchange for Chuckie Atkins, Jumaine Jones and Chris Meam. The Celtics clearly benefited from this trade. They used that first round to select point guard Rajon Rondo, who is still playing 15 years later. According to Pro Basketball Reference, the teams have only pulled the trigger twice for a mutual deal. Neither film was a blockbuster. In 1999, the Celtics sent Travis Knight to Los Angeles in exchange for Tony Batty. In 1977, the teams made their very first exchange. Boston traded Charlie Scott for Kermit Washington, Don Cheney and a first round pick in 1978. Boston chose Freeman Williams.
Could Kemba Walker be the centerpiece of a deal between the two teams?
. Kemba Walker has made it clear that he no longer wants to play for the Celtics. The Celtics will be happy with his sore knee and a huge contract. Walker is reportedly unhappy that the team tried unsuccessfully to trade him this year. Walker will make $34.38 million in 2021 and is playing with a knee that has given him problems in recent seasons. The Lakers don’t have many assets to trade, but the Celtics would love to get rid of Walker and his huge contract. The Lakers could sell Schroder in a sign-and-trade deal with other players or playmakers, possibly Kuzma. It’s not very profitable for Boston, but it would save them from a Walker deal. Kuzma was once a promising young star, but his development has not lived up to the Lakers’ expectations. A change of scenery could help him get back on track and reunite with Jason Tatum and Jalen Brown. It will get even more interesting as the off-season progresses. Expect the Celtics and Lakers to make some serious moves, even if they aren’t linked. RELATIVE: Jalen Brown’s 10 seconds of silence paint a bleak picture for the Boston Celtics
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